Looking at the CUSD 200 personnel report in the packet for the May 12, 2021 Board meeting, we discovered that the PR-lady, Ms. Erica Loiacono was up for a new title accompanied by an 11% pay increase. This did pass with NO discussion.
Remembering that this was not the first time she received a large pay increase, I found this post dupagewatchdog.org/2018/06/15/cusd-200-public-relations-cost-admin-taises/ from June 2018.
It included this list of her Salary history:
It also mentioned that her job did not even exist until 2010. By 2018 it was already a Department. Now, the department has taken on more responsibilities. If you go to
cusd200.org/ Click on Departments -> Communications/Community
You will see that it lists Ms Loiacono & an assistant and a list of initiatives the department handles. Prior to her hiring in 2010, the Superintendent and his secretary mailed a newsletter to all residents once or twice per year. The rest of the initiatives are new since then.
Now she issues a weekly email news letter, posts on social media, writes articles for a News site, organizes Celebrations (not on her page – but, we have posted about it in the past), organizes the “D200 Mobile Food Pantry” events, and organizes the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). Much of this has nothing to do with educating students. It all has to do with Public Relations and controlling the narrative.
The CAC is and has always been subject to “Open Meeting act.” As such they must post their meeting notices/agendas for the public (I found the date & time on a calendar). The district was caught in May 2019 of violating the Open Meetings Act (OMA) because the CAC was an invitation only meeting. They even discussed the violation on video at a board meeting. Unfortunately the powers-that-be, who are charged with enforcing the law, let them off with a warning.
At this point, it is what it is. Just be aware of how much money is being spent to spin the News rather than educate the children.